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Nigerian youths and leadership questions

Daniel Dan’auta, Kaduna State Commissioner for Youth, Sport and Culture, has charged Nigerian youths to avoid being used by self-centred politicians who engage them in thuggery and political violence to foment trouble in the upcoming general elections as it is inimical to national growth.

He gave the charge during a rally and sensitisation campaign to mark the 2018 World international youth day, declared by the United Nation organised by an NGO, Arewa Youth Trust Foundation held at PZ, Zaria, Kaduna State.

The campaign with the theme: “Creating Safe Space for Youth” drew participants from all sector of human endeavour.

The commissioner, who was represented by his Special Adviser, Malam Muktar Muhammad, cautioned youths to be mindful of selfish politicians who use them for self-aggrandisement.

“When somebody asks you to participate in hooliganism, please ask him to bring his child so that you can go together and do whatever he or she wants you to do.

“Thuggery is by all standards not good, hence the need for all of us to avoid it to pave way for peaceful and successful elections come 2019,’’ the commissioner advised.

In his speech, the Chairman, Arewa Youth Trust Foundation, Alhaji Fahad Ahmed-Chikaji, said Youths were invited from different organizations and trade associations to mark the international Day.

Ahmed-Chikaji said the essence of the campaign was to educate youths on problems facing Nigeria, especially on the forthcoming general elections, and prepare their mindset as future leaders of tomorrow.

“Our youths are being used as thugs during campaigns which results in so many things like clashes, fighting, injuries and many other problems that are not healthy to the society and the nation at large.

“Some kill themselves after taking drugs and at the end of the day, those that engaged them will not even care to look after them after the politics is over, this is painful.

“Therefore, we want to educate the youth on the need to discover their potential and understand their importance in the field of politics.’’

Ahmed-Chikaji lamented that some youths imbibe the habit of selling their voters’ cards, adding that there was the need to enlighten them to be able to cast their votes personally.

He said that some stay away from exercising their franchise, claiming that there was no need for them to vote because the winners had already been decided.

The chairman said: “we want the youth to know the importance of casting their votes and the importance of registering and collecting voters’ card; it is the only weapon to elect credible leaders of choice.

“If you don’t vote, then you will have no right to complain that the elected are not doing the right thing, because you didn’t vote them.

“We call on our people to shun the habit of begging and street hawking, rather, we should endeavour to send children to school to become future leaders’’.

The zaria area police commander,ACP Ibrahim Abdullahi who was represented by DSP Awwal Usman Kwangila warned seriously on negative acts engaged by youths these days like arm banditry, kidnapping, arm robbery and other forms of criminal activities.

He stressed that gone were the days when offence can be committed and the police look the other way,emphasising that severe punishment awaits any perpetrator of violence no matter how highly placed.

The sensitisation campaign drew speakers from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security, Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, and Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Agency, KASTELA, among others.

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